2006-09-19 17:43:00

Boroda Alexander, Chairman of the Board, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR)

Alexander Boroda was born in Moscow on July 2, 1968, in Moscow. On finishing school, he was called up for military service in the Navy.

He graduated from the All-Union Extramural Polytechnic Instutute as a specialist in mine surveying. He took part in the construction of the underground stations of Konkovo, Tyoplyi Stan, Biberevo, and Altufyevo.

Boroda became commercial director of the Jewish literary and political journal Lehaim of the Moscow Jewish community in 1993. In the course of four years, he managed to considerably increase the journal's volume - to 64 pages, the edition became completely illustrated, and its circulation rose to 50 thousand.

In 1996, while still working at the journal, Boroda became President of the Regional Public Foundation for the Development of Jewish Culture, which made him concentrate on the problems associated with the development of Jewish life across the city of Moscow.

With his active participation, the Foundation was one of the pioneers of large-scale charity work in Russia which included, first of all, substantial monthly regional programs for poor families, cultural and educational activities, educational programs and seminars, and monthly charitable concerts performed by professional and amateur teams propagating Jewish art.

Also in those years, he assisted in building the Moscow Jewish Communal Center, the largest in Eastern Europe, which was completed in 2000. Boroda became executive director of the FJCR in 2000. He has been head of the Management of the Federation since 2004. Under his leadership FJCR has become a strong unifying center, which ensures the actual functioning of all the major components of communal life: religious, educational, cultural, and social.

Also since 2000, Boroda has been executive director of the Regional Public Foundation Ezra. At this foundation, he continues the development of programs for the widest social assistance to needy Jews. With his active participation, the Foundation has provided significant aid to disabled persons and other socially deprived groups of population. The Foundation provides care to more than 20 thousand people of senior age, they are provided with meals at free cafeterias and receive food parcels; also, they are the object of many corresponding programs.

Since 2002, in accordance with the agreement between the charitable Foundation Ezra and the Russian Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the Foundation has been participant in the state program designed to prevent juvenile neglect and delinquency. To date, more than 120 local establishments providing social assistance to minors in 52 subjects of the Russian Federation have received aid within the framework of this program. The said establishments are socio-rehabilitation centers for children and teenagers, and also orphanages.

He pays much attention to issues of restoring synagogues and to building cultural, educational and charitable establishments throughout the territory of the Russian Federation. In Moscow alone, he presided over the opening of an orphanage, a university, and an educational complex comprising a school and recreational and sports centers. In 2008 two centers, medical and charitable, are beginning to provide various social aid to low-income strata of the population.

At present, with the personal support of the Russian President, Boroda is creating the world's biggest Tolerance Museum, to be located in the territory of a restored architectural monument in Moscow, Bakhmetyev's Garage, designed by the architect Melnikov. The main aim of the project is to strengthen tolerance in society and to bring the rising generation to respect the traditions and cultures of all peoples. The museum will be making a considerably contribution to the development of Russian culture and to the cause of strengthening inter-ethnic and inter-confessional relations in the Russian Federation.

Boroda is married, he has 5 children.